Narrator Paul J. Rose's graceful, airy performance injects witty fun to this steampunk-inspired pastiche of P.G. Wodehouse. Gentleman amateur detective Reggie Worcester and his automaton valet Reeves, recently dug out from the attic at his gentleman's club, deal with terrifying aunts and less-frightening murders. Rose expertly conveys Reggie's fey, bumbling Wodehouse-ian mannerisms, contrasting them with great effect to Reeves' unflappable demeanor. Listeners will be won over by the rollicking pace of the two stories in this audiobook as Reggie stumbles into one sticky spot after another.
"A fun blend of P.G. Wodehouse, steampunk, and a touch of Sherlock Holmes. Dolley is a master at capturing and blending all these elements. More than fascinating, this work is also rip-roaring fun!" (SF Revu) What Ho, Automaton! chronicles the adventures of Reggie Worcester, gentleman consulting detective, and his automaton valet, Reeves. Reggie, an avid reader of detective fiction, knows two things about solving crime: One, the guilty party is always the person you least suspect. And, two, the Murders in the Rue Morgue would have been solved a lot sooner had the detective the foresight to ask the witnesses if they’d seen any orangutans recently. Reeves needs all his steam-powered cunning and intellect to curb the young master’s excessive flights of fancy. And prevent him from getting engaged. This book contains two stories set in an alternative 1903 where an augmented Queen Victoria is still on the throne and automata are a common sight below stairs.